Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,979 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
2,979 movie reviews
  1. This meandering tale of a pack of ticket inspectors working the Hungarian subway system delights in misleading viewers.
  2. It's a visual feast that only a crack director could provide, and it's mounted within a story and setting that, played utterly straight, might still have made a good movie.
  3. With this amoral business environment, it's not a question of if there will be another Enron, but when.
  4. The darkest, most operatic, and technologically richest "Star Wars" movie to date, "Sith" is grim, stirring entertainment and a nearly complete vindication of everything its creator has been saying for six years about where the series was heading and what its final shape would be.
  5. An unforgettable experience.
  6. It's witty, gripping good fun.
  7. 5x2
    A sort of anti-date movie, a smart but deeply cynical study in failure, with our sense of loss growing in direct proportion to the characters' romantic hopes.
  8. The film that results from Jacquet's application is gorgeous and even inspiring, a tale of loyalty hard-tested and hard-earned, a sumptuous travelogue, and a reminder that some of the critters with whom we share the planet are, in ways, as complex in their feelings as any human being.
  9. Malle, only 25 when the film was released, bounces confidently among several threads -- classic French policier, juvenile delinquent film, doomy tale of tragic love, clock-ticking thriller.
  10. It's as full and rich a portrait of the lives of athletes as we've seen since "Hoop Dreams."
  11. A joy to watch.
  12. It's not orthodox Dahl but it's pure Burton, and, as it's been such a very long time since moviegoers have been afforded that particular treat, it's entirely welcome.
  13. In the wake of everything we've seen on TV and in movies in recent decades, it's amazing that something as harmless as language can still stupefy us. As The Aristocrats demonstrates, there is real humor in the confrontation of taboos.
  14. A haunting, melancholy fable, Tony Takitani is the kind of film that could seem tedious from a mere description. Approached with the right mind-set, however, it's a hypnotic mood piece on love and loss, one that knows -- at 75 minutes -- not to overstay its welcome.
  15. An engaging exercise in mature poignancy, existential consciousness and deadpan drollery, Broken Flowers is a return by Jarmusch to the road movie structure of such films as "Stranger Than Paradise," "Night on Earth" and "Dead Man."
  16. One of those undeniably beautiful things. The film is, in fact, an encyclopedia of beauty -- the beauty of desire, the beauty of nostalgia, the beauty of music and clothing and smoke and pain, and, chiefly, the beauty of women.
  17. Beautifully shot and cut, written with a visceral aversion to cliche, deftly skirting sentimentality, sensationalism and simplicity, it continually surprises, engages and satisfies. For a small, unheralded film, it's a knockout.
  18. De la Iglesia is a mercilessly agile talent.
  19. Reigns as the most assured, provocative film so far this year.
  20. It's Cronenberg's most mainstream work, and yet it has all the power of his creepiest nightmares.
  21. If you think the "Star Wars" prequels are a disease, then Serenity is the cure.
  22. An utterly convincing portrait of the sort of person willing to strap ordnance to himself and decimate scores of strangers in pursuit of his religious and political ideals.
  23. Isn't easy to watch, but it's beautifully written and acted, with a sharp eye for the small embarrassments of divorce.
  24. Powerfully explores the struggles faced by those whom DNA testing has exonerated after years behind bars.
  25. A mature, tense, frightening and altogether masterful film.
  26. [Murphy] makes a thrillingly flesh-and-blood creature of Kitten, with her yearning, her droll, self-deprecating wit, her breathless romanticism and her puckish vibrancy. It's easily the most fun bit of screen acting this year, and as rich and nuanced as the lead in any drama.
  27. A nasty little tube of frozen horror concentrate.
  28. Beautiful, poetic, mournful, at once rich and spare, Brokeback Mountain takes a daring conceit and creates of it an overwhelming work of art that should speak to anyone capable of love.
  29. It's a sexy thriller, tautly constructed, deeply acted and heartfelt, despite a cool and knowing tone.
  30. One of the most vital and strangely gripping films in recent years, a thriller more opaque, involving and realistic than just about anything that Hollywood is capable of.

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